A major in Sociology prepares students to both live in a changing world and change the world they live in. Sociology is a social science focusing on human society, including structure, systems, culture, and interpersonal interactions. Sociology students will explore a large array of social topics and phenomenon using the sociological imagination. A background in Sociology greatly adds to a student’s understanding and acceptance of the world around them, as well as their own role in society.

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A Sociology degree produces strong research, data analysis, writing, and reading skills, as well as an ability to work with diverse groups. Additionally, Sociology fosters innovation, communication, and critical thinking skills. These are all key aptitudes 21st century employers desire.

A Sociology degree provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in a wide range of fields including law, business, social work, medicine, public health, and, of course, sociology. The world-renowned research and teaching faculty in the Department of Sociology offer a diverse set of engaging, interesting courses for all levels and areas of study. These include both undergraduate and graduate courses in:

  • Criminology
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Environment, Hazards, and Disasters
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Health and Medicine
  • Life Course, Aging, and Youth
  • Political Economy
  • Population
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Social Psychology and Emotions